Draft Coastal Adaptation Supplementary Planning Document

1 Introduction

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Figure 1 The area to which the SPD applies1.1 The Coastal Adaptation Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) provides guidance on policy approaches along the coast from Holkham in Norfolk to Landguard Point, Felixstowe in Suffolk. The SPD supports the implementation of Local Plan polices, provides case study examples of coastal adaptation best practice and will:

  • Ensure Coastal Communities continue to prosper and can adapt to coastal change; and
  • Provide detailed guidance for developers, landowners, development management teams, and elected members on the interpretation of policies with a whole coast approach.

1.2 The SPD cannot create new or amend existing planning policies nor can it prescribe that particular areas of land be developed for particular uses; this is the role of the wider development plans of each local planning authority. When adopted the SPD will be a material consideration in determining planning applications.

1.3 The SPD has been prepared through a partnership of East Suffolk Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council, The Broads Authority (The Broads), and the shared Coastal Partnership East team[1] . An initial consultation was held between 4 September 2020 and 16 October 2020 and the responses received have helped to prepare this draft document.

1.4 While this document provides useful guidance for a range of scenarios it will not be possible to address the complexity of issues in every scenario. As with all coastal related development projects, early engagement with the local planning authority and Coastal Partnership East will always be encouraged to maximise opportunities and manage risks to life and property in a timely manner.

1. Coastal Partnership East is the shared coastal management team of North Norfolk District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and East Suffolk Council [back]